Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development: How to assess what works among programmes and policies
Policy evaluation poses conceptual, technical and institutional challenges, particularly in the case of local development. Data is often inadequate and multiple forms of policy can interact to obscure the effects of individual initiatives. Many external factors can affect the economy of a local area, and positive policy impacts in one location can even cause undesirable effects in another. Furthermore, individuals targeted by policy may move from one locality to another.
These are other complexities need to be considered when assessing which policies are truly effective and efficient.
Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development is one of the few books to examine best practices in evaluating programmes for local and regional economic and employment development. Appropriate for a non-technical readership, it is essential reading for central and local governments who want to improve the practice of evaluation, enlarge the evidence base for policy and develop a culture of evaluation.
Chapter 1. Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 2. Introduction and Summary. Evaluating Programmes for Local Economic and Employment Development: an Overview with Policy Recommendations
Chapter 3. Policy Learning through Evaluation: Challenges and Opportunities
Chapter 4. Evaluation: Evidence for Public Policy
Chapter 5. Evaluating the Impacts of Local Economic. Development Policies on Local Economic Outcomes: What has been done and what is doable?
Chapter 6. Four Directions to Improve Evaluation Practices in the European Union: A Commentary on Timothy Bartik’s Paper
Chapter 7. The Evaluation of Programs aimed at Local and Regional Development: Methodology and Twenty Years of Experience using REMI Policy Insight
Chapter 8. A Commentary on the Frederik and George Treyz’s Paper and the Workshop “Analysis Policies for Local Development Using Forecasting Models”
Chapter 9. Area-based Policy Evaluation
Chapter 10. A Commentary on Brian Rubson’s Paper and the Workshop “Area-based Policy Evaluation”
Chapter 11. Evaluating Business Assistance Programs
Chapter 12. Evaluating Training Programs: Impacts at the Local Level
Chapter 13. Evaluating Local Economic Development Policies: Theory and Practice
Chapter 14. Evaluation and Third Sector Programmes
Chapter 15. Methodological and Practical Issues for the Evaluation of Territorial Pacts. The Experience of Italy
Chapter 16. Evaluating Territorial Employment Pacts – Methodological and Practical Issues. The experience of Austria
Chapter 17. A Commentary on the Workshop “Evaluating Territorial Employment Pacts”
Chapter 18. A Review of Impact Assessment Methodologies for Microenterprise Development Programmes
Chapter 19. An Overview of the Panel Discussion: Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development
Chapter 20. About the Authors and Contributors
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